With the breathtakingly beautiful Seven Mile Beach, it is hard to imagine visitors wanting to do more than lay on the sand or swim in the sea. But the Cayman Islands offers an array of attractions and activities to engage guests of all ages, whether snorkeling the reefs, hiking amid mangroves and learning about the island’s history and culture is on your must-do list.
This 19th century structure has been used as everything from the courts building to town jail to the place for Sunday worship, so it’s quite fitting that Cayman’s relatively brief but resourceful history is recorded here. The museum contains more than 4,000 artifacts from the island’s natural and cultural history including coins, fossils, cat boats, documents, art and crafts.
Home to an impressive collection of Ferraris, Alfa Romeos and Rolls Royces including those owned by The Queen, Elton John and from the Yellow Rolls Royce film. The Motor Museum also boasts the original Batmobile. You’ll also find pristine vintage motorbikes and a charmingly incongruent collection of antique coffee grinders presented by Peugeot.
This small home museum focuses on how early Caymanians lived and the island’s religious and educational history. The house is appointed as it was for accommodation for Presbyterian Missionaries and as a school in Cayman’s first capital, Bodden Town. Mission House is adjacent to the lovely Harry McCoy Public Park and a fresh water wetland and features a bird watching tower. Reservations are encouraged for this intimate look at Cayman’s history.
Having recently moved into a new 9,000 square foot building near Camana Bay, the National Gallery is promoting Cayman’s young yet vibrant visual arts scene with enhanced vigor. Featuring permanent exhibits including the National Collection and up to six rotating shows featuring Caymanian art, the National Gallery also occasionally hosts international artists. Take home an artistic reminder of your Cayman visit from the Gallery’s inspired gift shop.
Cayman Island Helicopters is here to provide visitors and locals with exciting tour opportunities previously. The fleet consists of a Euro-copter 350 B2 Helicopters. They provide nothing but the best in aircraft, equipment, safety and comfort. Choose between three of the unique and breathtaking tours of the beautiful Caribbean paradise. Tours include Seven Mile Beach, Stingray City and an Island tour.
Contact: (345) 943-4354 and (345) 525-6967 | Website
National Trust Visitors and Information Centre
Located on the grounds of the Dart Family Park on South Church Street, the National Trust offers information on its historic sites and programs including the Mission House, the Mastic Trail, walking and bird watching tours and cooking classes. The Trust also sells local crafts, books, bird watching cards, note cards, souvenirs and apparel relating to Cayman’s history and environment.
Explore Grand Cayman’s Reef and marine life in a whole new way. Join Ambassadors of the Environment on a modern hydrofoil boat as we cruise through our famously clear waters. Experience Cayman’s historical shipwreck, colorful reef and active marine life—all magnified to twice its normal size through a 6-foot curved glass-viewing dome.
On this voyage, a passionate Jean-Michel Cousteau naturalist will be on board who will inspire and educate you about the abundant ocean creatures.
For more information or to make a reservation, please contact the hotel concierge.
Pedro St. James
The Pedro St. James “Castle” is really an elaborate great house built by Englishman William Eden in 1780. The three-story structure earned its nickname as it towered above the most traditional 18th century Caymanian homes made of waddle-and-daub. The grounds include original outbuildings, Caymanian cottages and several gardens as well as dramatic views from the bluff on which the property is perched. Today Pedro St. James is Cayman’s oldest building and is celebrated as the birthplace of democracy in the islands.
The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park is unique blend of natural beauty, culture and history. Enjoy the simple elegance of a traditional Caymanian garden with the startling beauty of an exotic floral display.
A bird’s eye view of Grand Cayman awaits atop the 75-foot Observation Tower, located in the town of Camana Bay. One of the island’s tallest structures, it offers 360-degree views across Seven Mile Beach, George Town, the North Sound and beyond. The Tower is open from sunrise until 10 p.m. (subject to weather conditions). Just as impressive as the view is the journey to get there via a double helix staircase, climbing alongside a floor-to-ceiling mosaic depicting Cayman’s reefs and marine life. Guests can also take an elevator to the top, stopping on each floor to take in the view.
At Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment we are passionate about nature and living sustainably. Our retail are has a wide variety of educational, environmentally friendly and recycled gifts and souvenirs. Located at The Ritz-Carlton. Open Daily.
Contact: (345) 815-2120
Just five minutes from the resort, the town of Camana Bay is Grand Cayman’s newest shopping destination, offering an eclectic mix of local retailers and desirable international brands rarely seen in the Caribbean. Discover the latest fashions for men and women, Caribbean-inspired resortwear, swimwear and accessories, duty-free watches and designer jewellery, luxury skincare and cosmetics, bestselling books, educational children’s games and more. For luxuries, necessities or just for fun, the shops of Camana Bay offer something for everyone, all in one convenient location with ample parking and the latest opening hours on Grand Cayman.
Cardinal Avenue is the home of many duty-free shops and is the heart of George Town’s main shopping district. You’ll find Kirk and Cartier, along with clothing boutiques and galleries specializing in local artwork.
Cayman Craft Market
An open air marketplace on George Town Harbour is home to artisans plying old time Caymanian skills. Handcrafted thatch, leather shell and wood products are displayed alongside dolls, jewelry, traditional games and Cayman Tropical fruit-based hair and skin care products. Locally made delicacies move quickly and can include Cayman Sea Salt, Whistling Duck Farm jams and jellies and Hawley Haven Farm honey, jerk sauce and mango chutney.
Conveniently located on the ocean side of the resort, enjoy a variety of locally-produced souvenirs, including Cayman Pepper Jelly, Cayman Sea Salt, as well as beautiful local crafts. Also available are a selection of delicious sandwiches, salads, snacks and coffees made fresh daily at the Café. Open Daily 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Contact: (345) 814-4403
Just seven minutes from the resort and nicknamed Blue Plaza for its teal chroma, Galleria Plaza features several galleries and moderate souvenir shops offering T-shirts and swimwear. The Plaza is located on West Bay Road and consists of stores such as Book Nook selling books, gifts toys and games), the Body Shop and Wine Cellar.
Take a five minute walk from the resort to Governor’s Square to find some of the most popular stores amongst our guests. For tropical must-haves and some of Cayman's most creative and coveted fine jewelry, there is Balaclava. Funky Monkey offers fun and unique active wear that are also highly liked, along with the island famous Tortuga Liquor store.
Especially designed for children, the Harbour Club Shop is located on the ground floor of the resort side near Starfish Cay, offerings a variety of unique children’s toys, books, bathing suits and clothing for little ones of all sizes. Logo Ritz-Carlton Items for adults ad kids are found here as well. Watersports is also located in Harbour Shop. Open Daily - 8 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Contact: (345) 815-4141
Kirk Freeport Plaza
Visit any one of the dozens of duty free shops which offer jewelry, perfume and designer watches. The extensive jewelry selection includes watches from Piagot, Tag Hauer and Rolex, as well as rings and necklaces from Lagos, Roberto coin and Cartier. In addition, the Kirk Freeport Plaza carries premium leather products, china, and rare pieces of crystal. Kirk Freeport is a name you will become very familiar with by the time you’re ready to leave Cayman.
Just a few minutes out of central George Town, this petite old-Caymanian-styled house has artwork that will allow you to take home your own piece of Cayman’s culture. Some of the products you may find include mosaic mirrors, original paintings, one-of-a-kind greeting cards and a room designated for handmade Christmas ornaments with a bit of island flair.
The Courts Tennis Pro Shop carries everything that a tennis player needs. Tennis rackets, shoes, apparel and accessories from brands like Head, Wilson, Prince, Nike, Adidas, Under Armor and more. We carry tennis rackets for rent which is included in the court rental, clinic or private lesson fee. Open Daily.
Contact: (345) 323-0049
The Golf Shop
The golf shop features apparel and accessories from adidas, Nike, Under Armour, Travis Mathew, EP Pro, and the Greg Norman Collection. We also carry Bugatchi linen camp shirts or long sleeve woven shirts. Open Daily.
Contact: (345) 815-6500
The Strand Shopping Centre
Just less than five minutes from the resort (and a 10 minute walk), this mall has an array of different stores. You can find Kirk Freeport (this particular branch known for its china and crystal, from Kosta Boda to Baccarat).
West Shore Center
Conveniently located on West Bay Road and about a 10 minutes drive from the resort, the West Shore Centre, “the pink mall” boasts a variety of unique boutiques and galleries. Shops include a range from Havana Club (cigars & souvenirs) to Java Wraps (beach wear).
The ultimate in convenience, providing sun-care products and beach accessories just a stone’s throw from the pool and beach. The pool kiosk is outfitted with a selection of products perfect for the water and sun. (Open Daily - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
* Kindly note that Kiosk will be closed for the season from Saturday, October 12 and will reopen on Friday, November 1, 2019.
GLAMOROUS HAIR STUDIO
Glamorous Hair Studio is a family owned and operated hair sanctuary, located at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. Services include men’s and women’s cut, color and style, hair extension application, special treatments, makeup, and bridal pampering.
A wellness oasis at Spa Retail awaits. Browse a selection of Ritz-Carlton logo items, from apparel to gifts, designed especially with wellness and fitness in mind. Open Daily: 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
* Kindly note that Silver Retail will be closed for the season from Saturday, August 31 and will reopen on Thursday, October 31, 2019.
A 10 minute drive takes you to the voyage of a lifetime on Cayman’s only real submarine. This unique adventure is the ideal way to visit our underwater world without getting wet. The 50-foot Atlantis submarine will take you down to a depth of 100 feet in air-conditioned comfort. Day or night, take an extraordinary journey through a kaleidoscope of living color into the magnificent world of coral reefs and spectacular marine life for which the Cayman waters are famous. On a submarine night dive, the submarine’s 10,000-watt lights will illuminate the creatures, corals and nightlife colors of Cayman’s famed coral mountain.
Cayman’s original Stingray City tour operator, Captain Marvin’s has been taking guests on snorkel trips to visit its famous residents for 60 years. Their seamen also offer half and full day fishing trips to the reef or out to sea.
Cayman Islands Turtle Farm: Island Wildlife Encounter
Thousands of turtles ranging from new hatchlings to 500+ pound green sea turtles are the headliners but visitors will also meet sharks, blue iguanas, indigenous birds and even a crocodile. An active breeding program focuses on re-populating and studying the green sea turtle that once faced extinction, and guests can pick up yearlings that live in the touch tanks or even wade into a shallow pool with them. Watch sharks from both above and below water at the Predator Reef, see indigenous birds in a free flying aviary, traverse a tucked away nature trail and cool off in Cayman’s largest freshwater pool with two waterfalls and waterslide. The Turtle Farm is an educational immersion into Cayman’s culture and environment.
With a fleet of six powerboats and yachts, Cayman Private Charters offers both customized charters and regularly scheduled boat trips. Activities include Stingray City, snorkeling, fishing, diving, sunset cruises and dinner cruises.
Dart Family Park
Cayman has many lovely public parks with playground facilities but this waterfront oasis right outside of George Town is worth seeking out. The National Trust Visitors Centre is onsite and its guides to Cayman’s native trees and plants can be put to immediate use in the lushly landscaped grounds. The park boasts slides and climbing frames, secluded picnic spots, numerous cabanas and an amphitheatre. Children enjoy looking for crabs and other critters in the iron shore tide pools.
The interactive fountains in Camana Bay provide a beautiful backdrop for leisurely moments and are a fun way for youngsters to cool off from the hot sun. In Jasmine Court, a playful fountain teases toddlers with gentle sprays and colourful lights, while custom-designed bubble benches and shady trees allow parents to relax nearby. On The Crescent overlooking The Harbour, a fountain with skyward bursts reaching 30 feet high delights older children and greets visitors arriving by boat.
It’s an artificial reef, a shipwreck attraction, and a simply can’t miss experience for any diver or snorkeler. A decommissioned U.S. navy ship, the Kittiwake, was scuttled off Grand Cayman’s northwest shore in early 2010. It is already a thriving, shallow reef home to a multitude of fish, including one grouper who likes to admire himself in the mirror still hanging in the head of the ship.
Visitors who are truly passionate about nature can experience the Mastic, a deep forest trail that is one of the few untouched woodland areas remaining on Grand Cayman. Located about 50 minutes from Seven Mile Beach, the two-mile Mastic Trail presents hikers with a vast array of woodland species whose evolution has been untouched by man for millions of years: banana birds, West Indian woodpeckers, Cayman parrots, Cuban tree frogs and numerous species of bats, butterflies, hermit crabs, lizards, iguanas, geckos and snakes (not to worry - none are poisonous). Sheltered by rare trees including Cedar, Mahogany and Mastic for which it is named, the trail also features Black Mangroves and the sturdy national tree - the Silver Thatch Palm. Tip: The terrain is flat but heat, humidity and absence of breeze can make the trek challenging. Explore the Mastic only with the National Trust’s knowledgeable experienced guides.
Cayman’s premier full service dive and watersports company offers leads several dives a day around the islands’ more than 365 dive sites as well as diving instruction, resort courses and a full range of gear. Red Sail’s majestic catamarans take guests on sunset sails along Seven Mile Beach, on excursions to Stingray City or out to Rum Point for dinner or a day relaxing on the beach.
Upon arriving at Rum Point, visitors feel as if they’ve stepped into a Jimmy Buffet song. Calm, shallow waters, reaching docks, volleyball nets, shaded shores, swinging hammocks and of course tropical cocktails. The eponymous bar and grill offers lounge chairs alongside its shaded candy coloured picnic tables; don’t bring your own provisions if you plan to partake in its hospitality. Restrooms, changing facilities, showers, shops and a water sports operator are all onsite.
Have the experience of a lifetime and walk underwater. Sea Trek is the world’s premier helmet diving attraction. The helmet allows you to walk and breathe underwater while exploring the deep without even getting your hair wet. Only a short boat ride or drive from the resort and you will be ready to walk 26 feet below the surface for an hour with a trained guide. No swimming skills or previous training needed.
The world-renowned Stingray City is one of the Cayman Islands finest attractions. Located on the northwest corner of the island in the North Sound, the shallow waters and sand bar have become home to dozens of southern stingrays. Only accessible by boat, you can swim, snorkel and feed the stingrays which are amazing creatures to watch and learn about.